US withdraws from UNESCO..cites “continuing anti-Israel bias”

The United States and Israel have declared they are officially withdrawing from UNESCO, the UN’s cultural body which the US helped found in 1945, citing a distortion of history and bias against Israel. The US is to depart on December 31, the State Department said.

“This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO,” the State Department said in a Thursday statement cited by Reuters.

Washington will remain in the organization “as a non-member observer state in order to contribute US views, perspectives and expertise,” the statement said. There has been no immediate comment from the US government.

Israel too announced it was leaving the body a few hours after the Americans made their statement, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accusing UNESCO of distorting history.

“This is a brave and moral decision, because UNESCO has become a theater of absurd. Instead of preserving history, it distorts it,” he said.

Earlier, Washington officials told AP that the United States is withdrawing from UNESCO after repeated criticism of resolutions that the Trump administration perceived as anti-Israeli.

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova said she received official notification from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, adding she expressed “profound regret at the decision of the United States of America to withdraw from UNESCO.”

Washington’s move was “a loss for multiculturalism and the UN family,” she added.

Israel has said it will join the US in pulling out of the UN’s cultural organisation Unesco, after US officials cited “anti-Israel bias”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US decision as “brave and moral”, a statement said.

The agency is known for designating world heritage sites such as Syria’s Palmyra and the US Grand Canyon.

Unesco head Irina Bokova earlier called the US withdrawal a matter of “profound regret”.

The US withdrawal will become effective at the end of December 2018 – until then, the US will remain a full member. The US will establish an observer mission at the Paris-based organisation to replace its representation, the state department said.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted he had instructed his foreign ministry to “prepare Israel’s withdrawal… in parallel with the United States”.


israel gets butt hurt so the usa resposnds..who is wagging the tail?

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US decision as “brave and moral”, a statement said.”



~ by seeker401 on October 16, 2017.

7 Responses to “US withdraws from UNESCO..cites “continuing anti-Israel bias””

  1. ” distortion of history and bias against Israel”
    …what exactly?…

  2. First 10 mins ..

    • hmm..quite a theory..

      • as I say .. what you believe is irrelevant .. what they believe is critical

      • we exhibit that theory bfore also on that is S pain too we don’t watch the vid yet Rev but the book that said it was base on languages
        we post it here or on forum at while back was interesting
        Joel nxt time we have some free-time we will watch the hour vid


    “We need to look at the global economy under AAIE* domination as a reduction of international relations to the trade in weapons, drugs, oil and money (financialisation) and tribute. We have to return to the operative functions of the Bretton Woods institutions and discard the obsession with their post-war ideological functions. Most of all we have to draw the logical consequences of identifying “bankers” as “warriors”– meaning we also must start from an accurate description of the “warrior” and see the “banker” as a form of “warrior/ war lord”.

    One useful starting point may be to admit that the very inception of the single superpower today was the child born of a marriage of slaveholders and slave traders to profit from stolen land and bonded labour: “as it was in the beginning, is now, and forever shall be.” The creation of the US regime and its operation as a purposeful system ought to be seen distinguished from the accident of the majority who came to inhabit it.

    In essence this means reformulating the programme of “economic history”.


    *Anglo-American Israeli Empire: Beyond the very serious issue of Palestinian independence, the global function of Israel as an “off-shore” entity, enjoying privileges and immunities not unlike those of the Knights Templar in the Middle Ages, needs to be more seriously studied and the results broadly communicated.”

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